NBC and ABC both touched on the consequences of global warming climate change. Miquel Marquez offered gloom and doom for ABC's A Closer Look as a forest fire sprang up in southern California. Marquez worried that a prolonged western drought has turned the region's fall fire season into a year-round event. NBC's Lisa Daniels took a lighter, human interest approach. She showed us a crusty Vermonter and his maple trees, forced to change his family's ways after eight generations in the syrup business. In the old days "it was a sure thing, tapping begins on the first Tuesday in March." Now milder winters have the sap rising earlier, generating free publicity for Montpelier's Morse Farms.
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